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The FRSA In A Nutshell

For nutshell summary of the FRSA, click here.


Text of FRSA statute: 49 USC 20109
For the complete text of the FRSA, click here.

For complete text of AIR-21 statute, click here

For OSHA's Whistleblower website, click here.

FRSA Regulations
For DOL’s Interim Final Rule, click here

For DOL FRSA Regulations, click here

FRSA Complaint form for filing with OSHA Whistleblower Office
For OSHA FRSA complaint form, click here

OSHA Whistleblower Regional and Local Offices

OSHA Whistleblower Investigations Manual

FRSA Complaints and Testimony Subsection (a)(3)

OSHA June 1, 2012 Letter to BNSF
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OSHA Blocker Merit Finding
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OSHA Young v CSX Merit Finding
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Injury Reports: Subsection (a)(4)
Landmark Jury Verdict Decision by U.S. District Court in Barati v. Metro North Railroad For full text of pleadings, click here

OSHA Finding in Reichert v. Norfolk Southern Railway
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OSHA Finding in Glista v. Norfolk Southern Railway
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OSHA Finding in Orr v. Norfolk Southern Railway
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Landmark Decision by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Araujo v. NJ Transit
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ALJ Decision in Griebel v. Union Pacific Railroad
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ALJ Decision in Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad
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ALJ Decision in Thompson v. Norfolk Southern Railway
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ARB Decision in Vernace v. PATH Rail
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OSHA Merit Finding Timothy Mull v. Norfolk Southern Railway
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ARB Decision Henderson v. Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway
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ALJ Decision Cain v. BNSF Railway
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OSHA Ratledge Merit Finding---Norfolk Southern
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OSHA Kawa Merit Finding---Norfolk Southern
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OSHA/FRA Joint Letter to Railroads, click here

OSHA Morris Merit Finding---Norfolk Southern
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OSHA Kintner Merit Finding---Norfolk Southern
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ARB Decision -- DeFrancesco v. Union Railroad Co
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OSHA Cortese Merit Finding -- Metro North
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OSHA Memo Clarifying Prohibited Disciplinary Actions Against Injured Rail Workers
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OSHA Ruffolo Merit Finding -- Metro North
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OSHA Barati Merit Finding.
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Harvey v UP RR DOL Secretary's Findings.
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Nelson v NS RR DOL Secretary’s Findings.
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OSHA Kopplin Merit Findings - WC
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OSHA Tagliatela Merit Finding
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OSHA Ellis Merit Finding
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OSHA Araujo Merit Finding
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OSHA Vernace Merit Finding
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ALJ Decision Anderson v. Amtrak
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Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company
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BNSF OSHA Merit Finding 12/10
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OSHA Thompson Merit Findings - NS RR
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OSHA Petersen Merit Findings - UP RR
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OSHA Winkler Merit Findings - BN RR
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OSHA Ordner Merit Findings - MN RR
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OSHA Wallis Merit Finding - BNSF
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ALJ Decision Vernace v PATH
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OSHA Annen Merit Findings - UP RR
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U.S.D.J. Chesler Opinion Infermo v. NJ Transit Rail
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Reporting Hazardous Safety Condition: Subsection (b)

ALJ Decision in Bailey v. Consolidated Rail
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ALJ Order Denying Summary Judgment in Genderson v. NBSF
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OSHA Merit Finding Newman – UP RR
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OSHA Merit Finding Pfeifer – UP RR
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OSHA Mylar Merit Finding
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ALJ Geraghty Order Denying Summary Judgment in Mylar
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How to Disqualify Unsafe Rail Managers
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Medical Treatment: Subsection (c)

District Court Section (c)(1) Decision in Delgado v. Union Pacific R. Co.
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ARB Decision Santiago v Metro North Railroad
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OSHA Cortese Merit Finding -- Metro North
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OSHA Ruffolo Merit Finding -- Metro North
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ALJ Timlin Decision Bala v. PATH
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OSHA Santiago Merit Finding
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ALJ Geraghty Order Denying Summary Judgment in Santiago
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Secretary DOL Post Trial Brief pages 1-17
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ALJ Decision Santiago v. Metro North Railroad
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FRSA Remedies: Subsection (e)

U.S. District Court Decision in Solis v. Union Pacific Railroad Co. Regarding Enforcement of a Preliminary Reinstatement Order
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OSHA Injunction to Enforce Reinstatement of Employee
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Araujo Merit Finding
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trainlawblog entry about Araujo Award

FRSA Election of Remedies: Subsection (f)

U.S. District Court decision in:
Norfolk Southern Railway v. Solis, Sec. of Labor
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ARB Mercier & Koger Decision
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Thompson v NS RR ALJ Order
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OSHA Election of Remedies Form
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Mercier Order
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Newman Order
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Koger Order
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DOL OSHA Memo re Election of Remedies
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Memo in Response to Rail Road Election of Remedies Argument
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Powers ALJ Order
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Milton ALJ Order
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FRSA Punitive Damages

ALJ Decision Cain v. BNSF Railway
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ALJ Geraghty Order Granting Motion to Compel Discovery
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ALJ Decision Anderson v. Amtrak
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ALJ Reconsideration Denial Anderson v. Amtrak
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FRSA Legislative History

CSX Transportation Harassment, click here.
FRA Administrator Boardman’s Written Statement, click here.
HR Committee on Transportation, click here.
HR 1 Conference Report, click here.
Summary of L&O Activities Committee on Transportation, click here.

FRSA Administrative Law Judge Proceedings

For general information on Administrative Law Judges, click here.

For the ALJ Rules of Procedure and Evidence, click here.

Administrative Review Board appeals from ALJ Decisions

For website of Administrative Review Board, click here.

For ARB Rules of Practice and Procedure, click here.

U.S. District Court Proceedings: Subsection (d)(3)

Notice of Intent to File Original Action in U.S. District Court
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U.S. District Court Complaint
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FRSA Retainer and Attorney Fees

U.S. District Court Attorney Fees Decision in Barati v. Metro North Railroad
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U.S. District Court Decision in Tagliatela v. Metro North Railroad FELA Release Does Not Bar FRSA Recovery.
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FRSA Retainer
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Sample FRSA Affidavit of Fees and Costs
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Just Say No To FRSA Confidentiality
Millea v Metro North Railroad 2d Circuit Attorney Fee Standard
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Furland v American Airlines ARB opinion
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Major Decisions Mandate Full Award of FRSA Attorney Fees
RRs Not Entitled to FRSA Atty Fees
For complete text of Vason v PATH ALJ Decision, click here

Other Whistleblower Protection Statutes Available to Railroad Employees
National Transit Systems Security Act NTSSA

For OSHA Fact Sheet on NTSSA, click here.

For text of NTSSA, click here.

Section 11(c) OSHA

For text of Section 11(c), click here.

Metro North Derailment in the Bronx

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